Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

When Satya Nadella took over the reins of Microsoft Corp., in February 4, 2014, the company was viewed as a lumbering giant that badly needed but sadly was unable to stir away from the course set by its previous CEO.

While Microsoft still has to shake off the legacy of its Steve Ballmer era, the company has made considerable strides in focusing on cloud technology.

New Microsoft CEO Satya Natella, centre, meets staff with Gates, left and Ballmer
New Microsoft CEO Satya Natella, centre, meets staff with Gates, left and Ballmer

Nadella, however, is still faced with considerable challenges. For example, Microsoft has been left so far behind by other vendors in the mobile space and the company still has to convince its customers that it can deliver a Windows that will keep up with their needs and remain familiar at the same time.

Technology journalist and author, Woody Leonhard outlined some of Nadella’s successes and slipups in an article for Networkworld.

The Microsoft chief got a thumbs up for writing a new playbook for the company, one that focuses on “mobile first, cloud first, Windows best.”

Leonhard said the push to put Microsoft products on every platform succeeded in making the company a player in increasingly platform-agnostic world.

Nadella is also lauded for his move to develop versions of Office for Apple and Android devices as well as announcing OneDrive Albums and advance search coming to iOS soon.

On the mobile space, however, Microsoft has failed to release any captivating devices and its Surface tablet still needs to realize its full potential.

Then there is Nadella’s lamentable comment on good karma and women seeking a raise.

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  1. The biggest challenge Mark faces is repairing customer relationships with people like me who have spent countless hours on sites like to figure out how to speed up my PC that became slow for no reason. Under the leadership of Bill Gates, the problems were not nearly as involved as they are now. I truly hope Mark is able to turn the company around.

    • PC’s never become slow for no reason, and normally the problem is self inflicted. Not saying this was the cause in your case but 25 years in the IT field tells me it normally is. People need to learn not to click OK to everything that pops up, and to do a little routine maintenance.

  2. Another good move was working together with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Raspberry Pi 2B will be able to run Windows 10. In fact Windows 10 will be free for the Pi. This is a great move by Microsoft. Raspberry Pi has already become a staple for teaching programming to kids & teens. They might grab the next generation of app developers.


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